Trainee or Apprentice?

Young people can undertake training as a trainee or apprentice to gain qualifications and experience in the industry and further their career prospects.

An apprenticeship or traineeship is a flexible employment based training arrangement where the employee enters into a formal training contract with an employer and a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

The contract is registered with the State Training Authority. A traineeship can usually be completed in a 12-month period, and in some cases can be credited as the first year of an apprenticeship.

New Apprenticeship Scheme

Recent changes to the national New Apprenticeship Scheme give greater flexibility and choice in determining the nature of the training agreement. Locally many training providers are willing to fit in with the seasonal demands of dairy farming in providing training to trainees and apprentices.

The minimum wage rates for trainees and apprentices are based on the weekly rate payable to a Level 4 farm hand above, at the following rates:

  • 1st year 42%
  • 2nd year 55%
  • 3rd year 75%
  • 4th year 88%